Letters / Anchorage Daily News / February 21, 2005
In response to Bill Sherwonit's Feb. 5 Compass "Wake up! Let's halt predator control":
He claims Alaskans are uninformed. I believe he is the one who is uninformed. He claims the state's goal is to " 'manage' the wildlife so that state lands become ungulate-rich and predator-poor (or even predator-free)." Wrong. The state's plan is to manage a healthy balance between predator and prey.
He accuses Gov. Murkowski of "stacking" the Board of Game with hunters and trappers.
Well, whaddayaknow? Don't you believe that Alaska's wildlife should be managed by wildlife biologists and experts instead of misinformed people basing decisions on emotion? They have access to years and years of data proving over and over again that proper balance benefits both predator and prey.
It's not hard to figure out that a predator that produces five to six offspring a year, and is capable of multiple litters, can rapidly overtake a prey population that produces one to two offspring per year, particularly when that's what they eat!
Let the educated, knowledgeable, well-informed wildlife experts make the wildlife management decisions. I highly recommend reading Jim Rearden's "The Wolves of Alaska."
Brad Adams / Soldotna
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